The Bears offense did not get off to a good start, by any definition, in the season opener against the Packers.
When the offense finally started to get some yards in the first drive of the fourth quarter, the penalties came and they came fast. The result was a 1st and 40.
Yes, 1st and 40.
The Bears worked their way into Green Bay territory on the 43-yard-line, but first down was a holding penalty on Charles Leno. First and 20.
Then it was a hands to the face call on Leno. First and 30.
Mitchell Trubisky bought some time and hit Taylor Gabriel for a whopping 50-yard gain. Check that, Gabriel was called for offensive pass interference, extending both arms into the back of the Packers defender to get some separation. First and 40.
If you're curious, there was not a single 1st & 40 in any game last season ...— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) September 6, 2019
... And the Bears are now up to 7 punts and a turnover on downs over their last 8 drives.
1st-and-40 for @ChicagoBears ???— Mike Sando (@SandoNFL) September 6, 2019
Went back to 2000 on that one.
It has happened twice since then.
ATL had that against NO in 2017
MIN had that against GB, also in 2017
Two straight incompletions led to 3rd and 40. Trubisky then found Gabriel for a 9-yard gain. The Bears punted on 4th and 31.
There’s no better way to sum up how the day had gone for the Bears offense than 1st and 40.
Not having a football team also means we will never have 1st and 40 at home in a nationally televised game— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) September 6, 2019